Friday, April 9, 2010

Lorca play opens at GALA Hispanic Theatre

El retablillo de Don Cristóbal, or The Farce of Don Cristóbal and the Maiden Rosita, just opened at the GALA Hispanic Theatre at 14th and Park. The play, written by Federico Garcia Lorca as a puppet play and directed by Adhemar and Ximena Bianchi of Argentina runs until May 2, 2010. This version is staged during the Spanish Civil War.

There are a limited number of discounted "rush tickets" during the run, where you can get tickets for $18 in person at the box office between 6:30 and 7:30 pm for 8 pm shows and between 1:30 and 2:30 pm for 3 pm matinees. You have to ask for them by name. Here's more from GALA:
Influenced by his passionate enthusiasm for the marionettes of his childhood, García Lorca combines his unique poetic lyricism and the rough folk humor of the traditional trickster in this bawdy and delicious farce in which the old, lascivious Don Cristóbal lustfully pursues the young and innocent Rosita for his bride. This is fertile terrain for the Bianchis’ love of popular art forms: street theater, circus, commedia dell’arte, and Golden Age Spanish theater. In this staging, Republican soldiers and members of the Abraham Lincoln International Brigade who are fighting in the Spanish Civil War celebrate their cause for freedom with impassioned songs of the war and a joyful performance of Lorca’s puppet play.

Call (202) 234-7174, visit, or stop by in person to purchase tickets!

There's also an exhibition of painter Gonzalo Ruiz Navarro in the lobby and Kreeger Art Walk. The artist will be at the theatre today at 7 pm.

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